Paleo Recipes Review
The Paleo Diet, or Paleolithic Diet, has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Common hurdles for newcomers to this diet are creating paleo recipes that are tasty, varied and follow the diet’s guidelines.
In this post I’ll be reviewing Nikki Young’s Paleo Cookbooks. These books, now in their second edition, have been around since 2007. They are quite popular, but are they a good value? And are these books good for beginners and experienced paleo dieters alike?
Read on learn the answers to these questions and more.
Paleo Recipes Found in The Paleo Cookbooks
Two crucial questions to be answered right away are ‘what paleo recipes are in the books’ and ‘do the recipes follow the paleo diet’. Well, there are over 300 recipes between the two books you receive when purchasing The Paleo Cookbooks (plus some nice freebies—more on those later) and they all follow the paleo diet perfectly!
There are eight different categories of recipes from appetizers and salads to desserts. Plus there are five special categories between the two books—including chocolate! The book and recipes are well written, nicely laid out and easy to follow.
The large amount of recipes allows you to vary what you’re eating, keeping your taste buds entertained and your stomach and mind interested. Some example recipes include
- Warm Tomato and Chicken Salad
- Tahini Dip
- Sausage Salad
- Hummus made with Cashews or Roasted Pumpkin!
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Meatball with Roast Fennel and Basil Sandwich
- Chocolate Coconut Snack Bar
- Basil and Lime Ice
The recipes cover a broad range of food types (all allowable in Paleolithic nutrition), and it’s easy to see that there is plenty here to appeal to most types of food personalities. I especially like the fact that there are close to two dozen world recipes. Nothing helps variety more than bringing in another cultures cooking!
Recipes for the Experienced
We know that the easy-to-follow recipes are great for beginners, but you more experienced chefs will be happy to know that there are many complex recipes to test your skills and impress your friends with.
How about Moroccan Lamb with Squash, Meat filled Eggplant or Baked Salmon with Pistachio Salsa? They all sound delicious and are a bit of a challenge.
Overall, there are many basic recipes to get you started and many more complex ones to challenge you and get your creative juices flowing. One my girlfriend’s favorite things to do is experiment in the kitchen with cooking. These paleo recipes have certainly given her new ideas.
What You Get with The Paleo Cookbooks
These books come with a freebie and full instant access to the first editions (actually a limited time offer).
The first editions have full color pictures of all the recipes! That is a great help when you’re cooking to impress—think dates, dinner parties, your boss.
The freebie is a 30-day meal plan with full color photos for each recipe. They put together over 120 paleo recipes for you and lay them out meal by meal, day by day. That is truly wonderful for those of us with little time to plan (or just the poor planners among us).
I have to say, these books do a great job of setting you up for success on the paleo diet.
I do have to make a few constructive criticisms of the cookbooks.
First, I would like to see an overall preparation time listed for each recipe. While it may be relatively easy for most to estimate how long the prep and cooking will take, some (like me) would like to see an overall time.
Second, I would like to see even more world or ethnic recipes. They’re off to a good start, but there are so many food options that fit the paleolithic nutrition guidelines from other cultures. I’ve experienced a lot of them in my travels, so I’m sure they could fit a few more in.
Finally, and it’s minor, I would like the table of contents to be clickable on the PDF files. I’m a bit of tech nerd and like to move around fast. Being able to click the chapter in the PDF and have it instantly bring you there would be great.
These books cover the two most important things in the paleo diet. 1) They strictly follow the diet—no grains, potatoes, lentils, dairy, processed sugar or preservatives and 2) They offer a variety of easy to make, delicious meals to keep you easily following and interested in the paleolithic diet.
Other things I like about The Paleo Cookbook:
They’re electronic, so you get instant access. Using a simple, free app, you can get them on your mobile device. Or just print out your favorite recipes and keep them in the kitchen.
There is a 3 month satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not satisfied in 3 months, you can get 100% of your money back. People don’t offer generous money back guarantees like this if they don’t really believe in their products.
Great categories, especially for breakfast (my favorite).
Those categories are:
- Fish and Seafood
- Capsicum (Bell Peppers) Sandwiches
- Noodles (Yup, these are good)
- Breakfast Recipes
A nice clean layout and easy to follow instructions
A vast majority of these ingredients can be found at any typical supermarket.
The Final Say
As far as paleo recipes and cookbooks go, The Paleo Cookbooks do deliver great value. You get over 300 recipes, a meal plan utilizing over 120 of those recipes, first edition access with full color photographs and a 3 month money back guarantee (no questions asked).
Whether you’re looking for a simple way to get started on the paleo diet or just need a lot of new ideas, these cookbooks are a great value and highly recommended. You can click any of the links on this page to get your copy in less than 5 minutes! Enjoy!!
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